Sharpening with more control in Photoshopin Tutorials
By beknown/Bastiaan (817)
on April 5, 2003 3:34:23 PM CST
More control with sharpeningI am not really an article writer, but what i have to say is more like a tip or a trick to play with sharpness.
Let me start by telling that there is more then just one way to sharpen a photograph.
The sharpen filter is a nice tool, but in my opinion it does it too strong and can destroy an image completely. So i rather don't use this one.
Unsharp mask is a good tool, It will give more control on what is happening with your image. But still it does it on the complete image, while in my opinion only a few details have to be sharp to make it a good photograph. Therefor i use the following technique.
If you go to channels in Photoshop and select the channel with the most detailes in it. Press the dotted circle in the lower part of that window you will end up with a strange looking selection.
If you now invert the selection and use Unsharp Mask with the appropriate values you are able to make the parts that need to be sharp sharper.
I use this technique alot for portraits as you can use unsharp mask in a channel up to 5 times without destroying the photograph by mixing pixels.
Also it gives sharpness to detailed information like wrinkles hair etc etc. But it doesn't effect skin tones and other information in a photograph that do not need sharpening anyway.
In my opinion this is the best way for sharpening a photograph, because it gives more control. Hopefully you will use this technique or maybe improve it.
kind regards Bastiaan Roos
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